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A collect is a short prayer used in liturgy, for example towards the beginning of the Eucharist. It often reflects the themes of the particular season of the Church’s year. Its name comes from the idea that it ‘collects’ together the lessons of the service readings.

Holy Communion

At Holy Communion blessed bread and wine is shared, by which we receive the body and blood of Jesus Christ. The congregation gives thanks for Jesus’ life, his death and resurrection and his continuing presence. See also Eucharist.


Prayer sustains our human relationship with God and may involve words (formal or informal) or be silent. Prayer can involve adoration (‘I love you’), confession (‘sorry’), thanksgiving and supplication (‘please’).

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The Presentation of Christ (Candlemas)

Prayer for the week

God of the Ages

At the Feast of the Presentation of Christ we witness three generations coming before you in praise and Thanksgiving. Young parents and their baby are welcomed in the Temple by the faithful elders. May we show solidarity between the generations, supporting those with new responsibilities, or those facing the frailties of age. Amen.

Canon Carol Wardman

Collect for the week

Almighty and everliving God,
clothed in majesty,
whose beloved Son was this day presented in the Temple,
in substance of our flesh:
grant that we may be presented to you
with pure and clean hearts,
by your Son Jesus Christ our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Sunday 2 February 2020

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The Presentation of Christ